We had a drawing as a PDF , with Geolocation and layer information available. We tried to export that as an Xml ( current tree) option in Adode reader and tried to import it in a new File geodatabase.

The error we encountered was there is no workspace associated with the Xml.

What would be the ideal procedure to convert a Pdf to a Geodatabase ?

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    I notice that this has also been posted to the ArcGIS Discussion Forum. Are you trying to extract vector features from a GeoPDF and then load it into a File Geodatabase? If so, perhaps you can give more details of your steps and software. A file geodatabase is likely to be very particular about the XML it tries to import.
    – PolyGeo
    May 22 '13 at 6:42
  • It's no wonder you're getting an error. The XML when exporting from a PDF is not an XML workspace for importing into ArcGIS.
    – Fezter
    May 23 '13 at 5:17
  • @ Poly geo - Exactly ! We are trying to extract features and load into File GDB. We are using adobe reader and ArcGIS 10.1 ..As for the steps , pretty straight - we unlock the layer and geolocation information and export layer with current tree option May 23 '13 at 5:48

You could try using GDAL/OGR's Geospatial PDF driver (new at version 1.10).

See also the Geospatial PDF format article on Wikipedia for more background information.

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